On August 8th, 2014, student and photographer Devin Mitchell began backpacking/traveling the west coast in search of veteran stories in hopes of documenting these individuals through the art of pictures. The Veteran Vision Project is an independent, privately funded and organized academic photo essay of American military service members through a series of images. The mission is to help veterans heal by providing them with a voice.
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SILENT DRILL PLATOON
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon that performs a unique precision drill exhibition. This highly disciplined platoon exemplifies the professionalism associated with the United States Marine Corps.
The Silent Drill Platoon first performed in the Sunset Parades of 1948 and received such an overwhelming response that it soon became a regular part of the parades at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.
The Marines execute a series of calculated drill movements and precise handling of their hand-polished, 10-and-one-half pound, M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. The routine concludes with a unique rifle inspection sequence demonstrating elaborate rifle spins and tosses. Semper Fidelis!
“Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go for the throat.”
~RAdm. “Jay” R. Stark, USN
10 November 1995
“I’ll hold you in my heart til I can hold you in my arms.”
These are our key chains I had made the 2nd month of us dating. It hasn’t been an easy road getting into a long distance military relationship, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
When things get hard, and I feel like giving up I remember that I chose him and choosing him meant choosing this life, standing by his stand under any conditions.
I love my Marine. Despite the trials we may face along the way our love is only growing stronger.
I look forward to being in his arms one day and never having to let him go!